Stars At The Shell With Los Lobos and Lucinda Williams (Giveaway Ended)

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 25th 2017 5988 0

Ed. Note: I’m giving away a pair of GA tickets to each of the congrats to the winners Paul and Samantha!

Levitt Shell’s “Stars at the Shell” concerts feature Los Lobos on Friday November 3 and Lucinda Williams on Saturday, November 4. If you want to enter to win, leave a comment on this post saying why you love the Shell. I will do random drawings for both shows on Monday, Oct. 30 at 9 a.m.

Daniel has all of the info on Stars at the Shell, plus his opinion on this popular Memphis music venue, so keep reading.

When I think about Memphis, I think about music…and BBQ, and the Grizzlies, and the Mississippi, and many other things… but music is probably the first thing that comes to mind.

We have such a diverse cultural and artistic scenery that you can find live music anywhere you go – soul, blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, hip hop – and everything in between and beyond. Music is embedded in Memphis’ DNA, and the Levitt Shell is a part of that.  The Levitt Shell presents more than 50 free concerts every year, featuring artists from all over the world. 

How do they pay for all of this? The answer is mostly four words: Stars at the Shell.

The Shell’s free programming is supported by the generosity of the community (those buckets they pass around at every show) and private sponsors (kudos to them!) Also, they host a two-day long fundraising concert series called “Stars at the Shell”. These two shows are the only two events that Levitt Shell sells tickets for in the whole year!

Stars at the Shell 2017 starts on Friday, November 3rd with the three-time Grammy Award-winning American rock band Los Lobos. Have you heard the song La Bamba (or seen the movie)?  Well, these guys are the ones who recorded the hit-song in 1987, which reached No. 1 in the U.S. and U.K. singles charts that same year.

Amy Lavere at a past Levitt Shell show.

The starry nights continue on Saturday, November 4th with Americana songstress and hit-maker Lucinda Williams. Her repertoire includes American rock, folk, blues, and country music, so I have no doubt she has an extraordinary show prepared for Memphis.

General admission tickets are $20 for Los Lobos and $25 for Lucinda Williams; there is also reserved and preferred seating available for Lucinda Williams’ show and you can find more about them here.

Kids below the age of 12 enter for free in the general admission area. As always, you can bring lawn chairs and blankets to the general admission area, but leave food and drinks at home as these will be sold at the even. Pets also stay at home this time. Gates open at 6 pm.

You can purchase your tickets online (, at any of the Levitt Shell’s Fall free concerts (Thursday – Sundays, 7 pm – 8:30 pm), or at their box office (420 N. Cleveland on Mondays 10 am – 2 pm).

How To Win The Free General Admission Tickets (this part is from Holly)
We have been doing more giveaways (basically weekly) on the blog, so you hopefully know the drill by now. Leave us a comment on this very blog post saying why you love the Levitt Shell. I’ll do two drawings  – it’s all random, including which show you win – on Monday, October 30 at 9 a.m. I’ll email the winners then to confirm.

What *I* would do, if I had the cash, is go ahead and buy a pair of tickets for myself, then enter the contest anyways. Now, if you win, you can surprise some friends with the extra pair and win major cool points.

Why I Love The Levitt Shell 

The Shell is one of my favorite music outlets in Memphis. It’s an 80+ years old concert stage in Overton Park, but hey! Don’t let the Shell’s age turn you off, because when it comes to building community through music, there is no place like it.

When each of the Levitt Shell’s free concert series kick off, few places in town are as vibrant. There’s music, food trucks, beer, and tons of people (all of which I love) under Memphis’s blue sky (which I also love).

Just last year they finished major renovations that allow them to host bigger crowds and accommodate exceptional artists and musical groups with large-scale productions. The Levitt Shell truly brings music, nature, family, and community together in a remarkable way.

Go There:

Stars At The Shell 2017
November 3 and 4, 2017
gates at 6 p.m.
$20 – $25 +
all ages

About The Author


Daniel Bastardo is a Venezuelan scientist at St. Jude with a genuine love for Memphis. He is a runner and social media enthusiast who is passionate about all things local. Find him on all social media outlets as @dbastardo27.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Max K says:

    Because it’s a part of Memphis’ history.

  2. Emily says:

    I love the Shell because of the diverse audience it attracts, the genuine love for the greater Memphis community that it inspires, and the endless hours of entertainment it so selflessly provides.

  3. Marjorie says:

    I love the Shell because it is in Midtown; the music is wonderful; kids are welcome; and I always see several people I know!

  4. Dan D says:

    I love the casual atmosphere, beautiful historic outdoor venue and the wonderful music!

  5. Tomcatt Stephens says:

    I love the variety of music and entertainment. I also like the chance to take in the different food options offered by the food trucks.

  6. Lisa says:

    I love the shell, because they have such a great variety of performers.

  7. Samantha says:

    I love the Shell for its history, its beautiful outdoor setting, and the welcoming atmosphere. And now one of my favorite artists is performing – Lucinda!

  8. Brad McCormick says:

    Love to see shows at the Shell. Would love Lucinda tickets!

  9. Joseph Allen Madison says:

    I love the Shell because it’s a great outdoor venue in the heart of Midtown.

  10. Jil Foutch says:

    I love the Shell because it is great for people watching.

  11. Averill says:

    I love The Shell because it offers over 50 free concerts a year – giving the opportunity to people that may not have one to see live music.

    Plus, I’m biased as my friend Silver who works at The Shell is pretty dang awesome.

  12. Chuck Stovall says:

    I love the Shell for giving us so many free shows, and for its great history.

  13. Mike Mckee says:

    I love how The Shell brings all of Memphis together, under the stars, for weekly fantastic family friendly events at the best most historic venue in the entire country.

  14. Jessica Schuring says:

    I love it because of all the awesome music it brings to Memphis but also because of the sense of community it encourages!

  15. Susan Richardson says:

    I’ve lived in the Memphis area my whole life and I think Overton Park is one of our greatest treasures, including the legendary shell.

  16. ruby Arteaga says:

    I love the shell because of the family atmosphere and the great memories built with friends and family going to the events

  17. Angela Trillo says:

    I love the shell!!!

  18. Brett Hughes says:

    Music among the trees; can ride bikes there; kid friendly; take a picnic/cooler; it’s one of the best music venues in the city and they’ve made even better with the new sound system, lighting, and pavilions. My only (minor) quibble is that I wish they’d get a couple more local and modern rock acts, but love the Shell!

  19. Susan Crain says:

    I think the Shell is the perfect size for comfort and enjoyment of outdoor events. I love the laid back vibe the crowd always has there.

  20. Autumn says:

    I love the Shell because it continually brings great acts to the city of Memphis, supports local artists, and brings the Memphis community together to enjoy them!

  21. Mike says:

    Some of the best times I’ve had with my family have been nights at the Levitt Shell. One of Memphis’s greatest treasures. A truly magical place.

  22. Paul Crum says:

    So I’m following your recommendation. I have tickets for both shows, but I’ll enter the drawing in hopes of winning the opportunity to bring along some friends. We love The Levitt Shell.

  23. Brian says:

    I love the shell since it is a great outdoor venue to see great live music for free

  24. Nicole says:

    The Shell is one of my favorite things about Memphis. It’s a great way to hear new music and relax in a beautiful setting. I love that it is free and allows you to bring your own food and drinks. It makes it an evening that anyone in the city can enjoy.

  25. Emily says:

    I love that I can bring my whole family to the Shell! It is a relaxing, beautiful and magical setting.

  26. Brian Rees says:

    I love the Shell because the music is always good and the atmosphere is so relaxing! Love sitting out there with a blanket and some friends.

  27. Tina Sullivan says:

    I love the Levitt Shell because the free, high-quality concerts and programs draw people together from across our region.

  28. James says:

    This is awesome

  29. Becky says:

    Love the exposure to all types of music in a casual setting!

  30. Kirk Williams says:

    The Levitt Shell is probably my favorite Memphis spot. My son Tyler is disabled and in a wheelchair, and loves music and people more than anything. We attended about 23 of the 30 Summer Shows, and at least half of the fall shows. It’s all about the music and being under the stars with the people of our city. Nothing makes Tyler happier, and in turn nothing makes me happier than that. It’s quintessential Memphis .

  31. Samantha Sharp says:

    The Shell is a great place for concerts! I enjoy all the bands I’ve seen there- even the ones I didn’t know. I’d LOVE Lucinda Williams tix!!

  32. Tate says:

    Best place in Memphis to hang with the kids. My son has to write a review of a performance he has seen in Memphis. Los Lobos would be great way to knock that out and have some good hang time with his dad!

  33. Sandra says:

    The Levitt Shell is a Memphis treasure, an icon! So much history around this place and it brings people from all parts of the city together for fun, music, great times and community. The Shell makes us Memphis proud!

  34. Eva Freeman says:

    I love the Shell because it offers a center-point for the Memphis community to come together and enjoy something that Memphis does best…music! What a generous offering!!!

  35. BOBBY says:

    I love the Shell because the Shell is Midtown and Midtown is MEMPHIS!

  36. ROBERT says:



    I love the Shell because it’s a beautiful place for ALL of Memphis to come together!

  38. Anna Palazola says:

    The shell is one of our treasures, right along with Overton Park, Shelby Farms and our beloved Old Man River. I love the Shell because I can hear free, excellent music. I love going with my husband and listen to the many stories he experienced at the Shell, like the one of him and his best friends getting on top of it to see Seals & Croft many moons ago.

    The Shell has come a long way, I still remember the hard concrete seats in years past, but the new set up–not that new anymore–really rocks. Kudos to all the people who make the music series happen every season.

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